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Old 04-07-2016, 11:14 AM   #11
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No, and you think it would.

What about keeping the fridge door shut when the its off? I've always been told thats not a good thing. I cant keep it opened because the door to the kitchen itself.

How does everyone else deal with this?

I would turn it off, let it warm up and wipe it down with some Clorox clean up spray. Close the door after its dried. Never had any odor issues in the outdoor kitchen or fridge.

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:54 AM   #12
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I have an outdoor fridge and also keep my camper plugged in all of the time. What I have done is plugged a short (four outlet) power strip into the outlet where the fridge is plugged and then plugged the fridge into that. The power strip has an on/off switch. Attached it to the side of the compartment with Command Strips. Three minutes...boom...done.

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Old 04-07-2016, 11:56 AM   #13
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Im no expert

Im not an electrician, mechanic or any sort of trained professional... just an end user.

I have left my '14 Salem Plugged in while at home since it was new. I've never had any issues with the battery.
I did the same and ran a 30amp plug with its own breaker to my garage's electrical box.

The Outdoor Kitchen Fridge on mine is the adjustable kind with Off being all the way down and I usually leave it on with bottles of water in it for when I get hot working outside during the spring..... during the hottest summer months last year I think I did shut it off when parked at home.

I have a thermometer hanging in the outdoor kitchen and it does get plenty hot in there in the summer, Im in Central Missouri.

When leaving the fridge off... I have a strap that came with it that I have extended to include the drain plug for the sink, wedged into the door. Its just enough space to leave it open to air but not open enough to stop the outdoor kitchen door from closing.

Mine is a 31BKIS so the outdoor kitchen has a sink, cabinets, fridge and some counter space... its a pretty large compartment but I see no ventilation in or out of it while its closed.

That's my $0.02
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:02 PM   #14
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I just turn the breaker off to that fridge. Matter of fact I turn most of my breakers off when plugged in at home. Only ones I leave on are the main, and the one to converter. Once i shut off fridge, I fold up a towel close it in the door and use travel strap to secure it. About a one inch gap is what it ends up being. My outside kitchen door will still close when I do this.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:17 PM   #15
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I put a short power strip on mine also work great
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:29 PM   #16
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If you have a multi-stage converter, as do most new TTs, you should be able to keep it on all the time. I do this and although I check my battery fluid level every month or so, it has been fine.

The problem used to arise more often when an older TT had a converter that did not switch to maintenance mode but always overcharged the battery. That can lead to fluid loss and destroy the battery.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:51 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Chewie View Post
I would turn it off, let it warm up and wipe it down with some Clorox clean up spray. Close the door after its dried. Never had any odor issues in the outdoor kitchen or fridge.
Or, by removing/loosening a couple of screws, you can just take the door completely off.
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:53 PM   #18
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As far as the battery question, I let mine charge for a couple of days then turn the electrical switch to off. A couple of days before hitting the road, I turn it back on. I'm plugged into the 30 amp plug at the side of the house. Works for me.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:08 PM   #19
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Try looking inside your trailer behind the outside fridge, on-off switch usually located on back of fridge accessed through cabinet door.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:15 PM   #20
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Yall are simply the best! I cant believe all the feedback in such a short time! I've learned so much from reading this forum. Last year was our first year with a camper... around 14 nights out I guess. We lost the Vibe 308bhs we bought last year in a fire and we were discussing if we should replace it or not.

We have 2 sons that are 17 and 13 years old and they wanted us to replace it because they enjoyed going camping. When your teenagers say they want to hang out with their parents still you best take them up on it... we did!

Getting a Rockwood came from reading post on here. After comparing the Rockwood to the Vibe I could really see all the small differences adding up. When it came to buying one I knew twice as much about the camper than the sales rep did. I found only 2 2905ws's in the state and only of of them was a Emerald package. So the sales rep didn't sale me anything... I found it, called put a deposit down on it being it was way down in San Antonio and it was going to be a week or two before i would be free to go pick it up. Probably one of the easiest the sales guy has had in awhile.

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